DP, NRM candidates disqualified from Busia LC-V race

Two of the five candidates in the by-election for the Busia LC-V chairman have been disqualified from the race.

According to letters written by the Electoral Commission (EC) Chairman Justice Simon Byamukama, the electoral body discovered that its returning officer in Busia erroneously nominated DP’s Deogratius Hasubi Njoki and NRM’s Boniface Paul Oguttu to contest in the by-election.

“Pursuant to Section 15 of the Electoral Commission Act, Laws of Uganda, after hearing the parties on November 23rd, the Commission under Min. CM361/2018 has cancelled the nomination of Oguttu Boniface Paul as a candidate for the district chairperson, Busia district on grounds that, the names in the nomination papers he presented during nominations do not match the names on the requisite academic documents accompanying his nomination papers,” Byamukama wrote.

In his second letter, Byamukama cancelled Njoki’s nomination on grounds that he failed to notify the EC the mismatch in his names created by the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA). This he should have done prior to the update and display of the voters register for Busia district.

“Following the said change with NIRA, you ought to have disclosed the change, corrected particulars in the CLN Form 10, provided by the EC for purposes of correction of particulars during the display exercise conducted under Section 25 of the Electoral Commission Act Cap 140, and communicated officially to the EC by NIRA,” Byamukama stated.

On November 15, DP secretary general Gerald Siranda wrote to the EC challenging the nomination of NRM’s Oguttu on grounds that he nominated without the requisite academic qualifications.

Days later, the ruling party also petitioned the EC challenging Njoki’s nomination on grounds of the mismatch in his names.

Paul Bukenya, the deputy spokesman of the EC said that despite the developments, elections will go on next week as planned since the two were not the only candidates in the race.  The race now has three candidates, Chrispus  Bwire, Tony Ojambo and Godfrey Wandera, all independents.